The Second Congressional District in Arizona does not have a representative in the United States House for a majority of its constituents. The gerrymandered new Second district includes all of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, the entire Hopi Nation, the White Mountain and San Carlos Apache Nations, the Hualapai Nation, the Gila River Nation, the entirety of the White Mountain community including Show Low, Flagstaff, Winslow, Holbrook and everywhere in between. It extends all the way down to just north of Tucson where our new representative lives in Oro Valley. The Second district also includes Payson, Prescott, Springerville and Casa Grande, which is where our new representative received most of his support.
I look forward to hearing from our new congressman and having him visit. However, having such a large area to cover will make it difficult for him to connect with all of his constituents. Given the inclusion of at least five Native American Communities in the Second district, I am hoping he will advance their interests as well as the interests of all the other diverse communities within this region.
Tom O’Halleran did a great job in his six years in office addressing the needs of Arizona’s First District in its entirety. I wish to say thank you to Mr. O’Halleran for all his tireless work. He lost by 25,000 votes and accepted his defeat with grace and dignity.
I also want to say thank you for the recent support in the WMI from other readers for my letters to the editor.
The incredible fragility of, well, everything, stresses us. When we were hunter-gatherers our lives were shorter and harder, but we had better diets, mental health and six-hour workdays. Everything was robust and resilient. Now we chafe and fret about the incredible fragility of electricity grids, the incredible fragility of water systems, the incredible fragility of computer systems, the incredible fragility of airline systems, the incredible fragility of security systems, the incredible fragility of dams and bridges, the incredible fragility of incomes, the incredible fragility of supply chains, the incredible fragility of the atmosphere, the incredible fragility of institutions, the incredible fragility of democracy, all by choice. And, of course, the incredible fragility of life. We are sicker, dying younger, and living stressful lives of debilitating struggle — by choice. Brontosaurus ribs anyone?
“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
— David Mamet
Wolf column informative
Thanks you for the Guest Column by Todd Geiler about the regeneration of the Mexican Wolf population. He provided facts omitted by an earlier opinion piece about this conservation issue.